Hazardous Material Incidents: The Chemical Manufacturers Association estimates that, in an average year, one of every three trains and one of every ten trucks is carrying hazardous materials.
IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE:
- Stay upstream, uphill, and upwind &endash; hazardous materials can be quickly transported by water and wind. Make sure the wind is not blowing into your face or back.
- Try to get at least one-half mile from the danger area.
- Follow the instructions of local authorities.
IF YOU ARE INSIDE:
- Turn on your radio, television, or local cable station and be prepared to follow all instructions given by emergency authorities.
To reduce the possibility of toxic vapors entering your home, seal all entry routes as efficiently as possible.
- Close all doors.
- Seal gaps under doorways and windows with wet towels and duct tape.
- Close all fireplace dampers.
- Turn off all ventilation systems (furnaces, air conditioners, vents, and fans).
- Stay inside.
- If you are asked to evacuate, do so immediately!
AFTER A HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENT:
- Do not return home until local authorities say it's safe.
- Upon returning home, open windows to provide ventilation.
- Find out from local authorities how to clean up your land and property.
- Check food and water supplies for contamination and spoilage before using.